Nearly every kayak angler goes afloat with items that they must keep dry. These may range from small items like cash or car keys to a change of clothes or some camera gear. The only way to ensure that your gear stays really dry is to use proper dry bags. The Ozone series from Palm Equipment fill this role perfectly. Available in 50, 25, 10 and 6 litre sizes there is a dry bag for practically any small item that has to stay dry.
The bags feature a roll down closing at the top which provides a great waterproof seal to ensure that your items stay dry. By just rolling the top down four or five times and fastening the plastic buckle, the bag becomes sealed and airtight. Made with tough reinforced PVC with welded seams the bags are strong and durable, well capable of life outdoors. The PVC is also see-through which allows the user to locate smaller items with ease which saves the need to open the bag and risk getting water in while you fumble around for items you cannot see.
My favourite feature of these bags has to be the detachable shoulder strap which makes the bags so handy and versatile. The addition of the shoulder strap allows the larger bags to be carried while keeping the hands free for other jobs. A couple of D-rings provide attachment points for other small items or for securing the bags to your tankwell or anywhere else on the kayak.
The smaller sizes of Ozone bags are perfect for small items like car keys and mobile phones. I like to use the larger ones for my DSLR camera gear and for other useful items to carry such as a packed lunch and a dry towel. Logic dictates that what keeps water out will also keep water in! Bearing this in mind, I sometimes use the 50 litre size to pack a wet suit into to save the car boot getting wet.
The Palm Equipment Ozone dry bags do exactly what they should. Well made and built to last, the four sizes available can be relied on to keep anything from keys to cameras and everything in between safe and dry. I have no hesitation in storing my Canon digital SLR in one while afloat.
About the author
About the author
Having grown up in a seaside town on the east coast of Ireland, Gary has been fishing in fresh and salt water since childhood. Between his studies in freshwater and marine biology, he travels the length and breadth of Ireland to fish from his kayak.